Quality performers: Shaffer, Deiro are Sierra Sun’s male athletes of the year for Truckee High
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; As usual, there was no shortage of outstanding senior athletes at Truckee High in 2009-2010.
In fact, the decision on the Sierra Sun’s male Athlete of the Year was too difficult to be made cleanly and free of guilt and#8212; leaving two instead of one to share the honor.
For their athletic achievements this past school year, Vince Shaffer and Jordan Deiro are the Sierra Sun’s co-male Athletes of the Year from Truckee.
Here’s a closer look at why:
Both seniors had serious wheels. And they put them to good use during the Wolverines’ undefeated state championship football season, combining for 38 touchdowns between Deiro’s team-high 21 and Shaffer’s 17, which ranked second on the team.
Deiro was voted to the All-State and All-League first team at three different positions and#8212; running back, defensive back and kick returner and#8212; while Shaffer was voted to both first teams as a wide receiver and defensive back.
Always a threat to break off a big play with his speed, Deiro finished with 693 yards rushing on 65 carries (10.7-yard average) with 13 TDs. He hauled in 22 receptions for 321 yards, with eight TDs.
and#8220;We had some high expectations for Jordan coming in, and obviously he didn’t let us down at all,and#8221; said Truckee football coach Bob Shaffer. and#8220;Another thing that made Jordan so valuable is that he’s such a competitive person. He hates to lose at anything, even an argument. And then I think just his versatility was a huge attribute to our success.and#8221;
About his son, coach Shaffer said he gained a considerable amount of speed from running track and strength from hitting the weight room, and it showed on the field. Vince Shaffer caught a team-high 48 passes for 548 yards and nine TDs and rushed for 333 yards on 37 carries (9-yard average), with eight TDs.
and#8220;I think the biggest thing about Vince was his improvement from last year to this year,and#8221; coach Shaffer said. and#8220;Last year he played behind CJ Ackerman and Ryan Roberts, and so he didn’t get quite the playing time as a junior. But he made great strides his senior year and ended up being All-State both as a wide receiver and defensive back.and#8221;
Winning state in dominant fashion and#8212; the Wolverines shut out Moapa Valley 27-0 in the championship to cap a 12-0 season and#8212; perhaps was most rewarding for both standouts, their coach said.
and#8220;Winning a state championship for both Vince and Jordan was high on their priority lists,and#8221; coach Shaffer said. and#8220;And I think the other thing that sets those two apart a little bit is they were both very much into being team players and leaders. They both were hard workers and#8212; hard-hat kind of guys and#8212; and I think the rest of the team respected that and elected them as their leaders.and#8221;
Shaffer then carried his speed into track season, where he battled through nagging injuries to help anchor the 4×800 relay team to a first-place finish at state. Deiro went on to earn a spot on the All-State and All-League first team as a utility player on the Truckee baseball team, which played into the state championship before finishing runner-up to Virgin Valley.
and#8220;Jordan was our spark, our leadoff hitter,and#8221; said Truckee baseball coach Mike Ellis. and#8220;We kind of rolled how he rolled. Being our leadoff guy, it seemed like when he didn’t get on we weren’t doing good. When Jordi got on, we were rollin’ right behind him.
and#8220;With how quick he is, he can steal bases, he can play any position, he’s just a great athlete. Baseball or football, he could walk on to any junior college right now and play.and#8221;
Deiro finished his senior season with a .446 batting average and a .757 slugging percentage with five home runs and a team-high 32 stolen bases on 33 attempts, which ranked fourth in the state and first in the 3A ranks.
Despite a number of injuries from football season, Shaffer finished sixth at state in the 800, while he anchored the 4×800 team with Tony Rodriguez, Tyler Brooks and Chris Gallagher to a top finish that nearly toppled a state record, with a time of 8:17.91.
and#8220;I’m happy with what he did. Vince is a little discouraged because he carried over some injuries from football,and#8221; said coach Shaffer, who also leads the track team. and#8220;and#8230; But it seemed like the bigger the meet, the better he performed, injured or not.and#8221;
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